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Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. Elizabeth Isabella "Betty" Chitwood: Birth: ABT 1750 in Virginia. Death: 1829 in Missouri

  2. Ensign Joshua Chitwood: Birth: 1758 in Virginia.

  3. Catharine "Caty" Chitwood: Birth: 1758 in Virginia. Death: in Missouri

  4. Joseph Chitwood: Birth: 1760 in Virginia.

  5. Major Richard Chitwood: Birth: 1765 in Virginia. Death: 1822 in St. Louis Co., Missouri

  6. Seth Chitwood: Birth: 1766 in Virginia. Death: 26 AUG 1850 in Ralls Co., Missouri

  7. Amos Chitwood: Birth: 1768 in (1756-1774) Virginia or Rutherford Co., North Carolina. Death: 1843 in Jefferson Co., Indiana

  8. John Chitwood: Birth: 1773 in North Carolina. Death: 18 APR 1860 in Franklin Co., Missouri

  9. James Chitwood: Birth: BET 1761 AND 1770 in (1756-1774, 1761-1770) Cumberland Co., Virginia. Death: 1841 in (or 1834) Union Co., Georgia


Sources
1. Title:   Chitwood, by Jean Tombough, 1965
2. Title:   Federal census microfilm, state & county records of marriages, deeds & property, burial and historical records; compiled by Vicki Peterson, 1999

Notes
a. Note:   KINGS MOUNTAIN - 7 OCTOBER, 1780 The battle of Kings Mountain proved to be the turning point in the British campaign. During the summer of 1780, the American Continental Army suffered successive defeats at Charleston, Waxhaws, and Camden, South Carolina. By the fall, only the voluntary militia units remained in the field to oppose the armies of Cornwallis. Major Patrick Ferguson was sent by Cornwallis into the western Carolinas to recruit and equip a loyalist militia army to the British cause, to suppress the remaining Patriot militia. In September, Cornwallis issued a proclamation to the mountain settlements to lay down their arms, or he would march his army west, and "lay waste the countryside with fire and sword." The result was the march of the famous Overmountain men from the Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga River across the mountains in search of Ferguson. Overcoming hunger, weather, wrangling, and intrigue, the Patriots attacked and destroyed Ferguson's Loyalists at Kings Mountain. [Abstract-Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail] Captain Aaron Biggerstaff, of English descent, of Rutherford County, was one of the Loyalist leaders at Ramsour's; escaping that disaster, he was mortally wounded at King's Mountain, taken for treatment to what is now Union Court House, where he died. [King's Mountain and Its Heros, Pg. 481, Lyman C. Draper, 1881, reprint 1983] The morning after the action, the (Loyalist) prisoners were marched sixteen miles; previous to their march, orders were given by Campbell, should they be attacked, to fire on and destroy every prisoner... A few days after, a mock court-martial sat for the trial of the militia prisoners; when, after a short hearing, thirty gentlemen, some of the most respectable characters in that country, had sentence of death passed on them, and at six o'clock the same day they began to execute. Col. Mills and Capt. Chitwood, of North Carolina, Capt. Wilson, of Ninety Six, and six privates, were first executed. [Scot's Magazine, Pg. 516/517, Jan. 1781] Friday, 13 Oct 1780, Moved six miles to Bickerstaff's plantation... Saturday, 14 Oct 1780, Twelve field officers were chosen to try the militia prisoners--particularly those who had the most influence in the country. They condemned thirty-- in the evening they began to execute Lieut. Col. Mills, Capt. Wilson, Capt, Chitwood, and six others, who unfortunately fell a sacrifice to the infamous mock jury... [Allaire's diary, Pg. 511] Another account states that the widow of Aaron Biggerstaff & her farmhands buried the body of Capt. James Chitwood in the Biggerstaff cemetery. I went to Sunshine, Rutherford Co., North Carolina, the town where the Biggerstaff, Chitwood, Horton & Whiteside families lived, and where the hanging took place. I saw where the Chitwood land was at the foot of Cherry Mountain and the Biggerstaff farm, called Biggerstaff's Old Fields, meaning old Indian lands. I saw the highway marker denoting the hanging tree; it says, "Biggerstaff Hanging Tree." Talked to the folks that live there now; the tree where the men were hanged fell down not too many years ago. I saw Robertson's Creek, where the tree was near, and the old rock bridge partially destroyed by time, where the road passed, and by where the victims of the hanging were buried. I have pictures of all of it. The descendants of the Biggerstaff family say the grave of Capt. James Chitwood is no longer findable. The wrought Iron fence that was around it at one time was evidently destroyed by vandals or time. The trees and nature have covered all tracks. The Biggerstaff descendants and I agreed there may have been a relationship between the families, perhaps Aaron Biggerstaff's wife, said to be a Mary or a Martha, was a Chitwood, though there is no family record or tradition of such. (Sarah J. Erwin, June 5, 1999) MISC RECORDS. Bedford Co., VA: Deed-1762-Ivy Ck., John McKinney from John Staples, witnesses: James Chitwood, Isaac and Wm. Woodward. Deed-1770, Wm and Mary McKinney sold to Francis Thorp, Ivy Creek. Old Tyron Co., NC: Deed-Wit: John Polk, James Chitwood, John Boyd and Robert Anderson. (Charlotte M. Slagle, GenForum October 11, 2000) MORGAN DISTRICT NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT OF LAW AND EQUITY-MISC. RECORDS, BOOK III. (Transcription of court proceedings against suspected Tories.) On the second Monday of July 1782, At a County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in Rutherford County, North Carolina, Richard Chitwood, James Chitwood, and Joseph Chitwood, along with about 130 other men were pronounced guilty by a jury of willfully and knowingly siding and assisting King George by joining his army commanded by Major Ferguson. By doing so the convicted by their felony and treason forfeited their Goods and Chattels lands and Tenaments to the State. (WorldConnect)


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